Common Confirms ‘Sweet’ Diss Was For Drake [Audio]

Rucuss staffDecember 21, 2011

Common and Drake have a few similarities.

The two rappers both have light complexions, are rich and have allegedly dated tennis pro Serena Williams. Drake is currently dating the tennis star, but nowadays in celebrityville the romance could be over.

But as of November, the lovebirds were still on. Drake told Complex magazine, “I really, really love and care for Serena Williams. She’s incredible. That’s someone I’m proud to say I know. She’s definitely in my life and I’m in her life. It’s great to watch her play tennis. Very impressive.”

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So it doesn’t come as a surprise that Drake and Common are now feuding. Over the weekend, Drake ended his performance at 106 FM’s Cali Christmas with a few choice words many believed was aimed at Common. He told the concertgoers:

‘I will never stop doing this for ya’ll. I don’t give a f*ck if you have something to say to me. Say it to my muthaf*ckin’ face. Just cause I sing don’t make me no b-tch”

Common, who dated Serena on and out before she hooked up with Drake, was there to hear the rant. He performed that night with Big Sean but he never addressed Drake.

But Common knows, Drake was simply responding to his song. Common released a track titled “Sweet” that pokes fun at rappers who sing. Since he references Frank Sinatra in the song many believe that he was talking about Drake. The canadian rapper channeled Sinatra in a 2010 MTV Video Music Awards promo.

One of Common’s versus goes:

Y’all soft motherf–kers, singing all around me man, la la la/ You ain’t motherf–kin’ Frank Sinatra/Uh, lil’ b*tch…Sweet Ass Muthaf*cker

Common finally confirmed on Sway in the Morning that the lines were directed towards Drake and any other rapper who fits into the category.

“He opened his mouth and said some things, so if that’s what he want—all that subliminal [talk]…you could do that too, but say it now,” Common explained to Sway. “The verse is about me but when you hear some of the stuff on the chorus it’s like you can’t help but think about dude and I guess that’s what he felt. So at the end of day he fits in that category, he already embraced it, so wear it.”

Common continues, “He’s a very successful artist obviously and like I said, he’s a talented artist too— I give credit where it’s due. It’s just about MCing and once you step in there, you’re in the ring baby—especially if you’re gonna say ‘I’m the champion, I’m the greatest. Just like for me, I’m on “Sweet” saying ‘I’m the greatest’—there’s gonna be some cats that gon’ come at me, but I’m a warrior so let’s go.”

Common also sat down with the Tony Sculfield and The Morning Riot show Tuesday to talk about Drake’s response. He told his hometown morning show:

I made a song that’s definitely a Hip-Hop song. In hip-hop it’s like stepping in the ring. Rap is a contact sport so I talked about there’s cats that are soft and sweet. Drake felt offended and it was directed toward him so he said, “Man, say it to my face.” My thing is I’m going to keep it hip-hop and stay on that tip but if he falls in that category then so be it. I’m not going to hold my tongue like I say in the song.

I look at it like this, when Jay-Z made “DOA,” I don’t think he specifically was like “I’m going to write this song about T-Pain” but T-Pain fits in that category so he might felt offended. At the end of the day, it’s all hip-hop.

Listen to the interview below:


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